Farms to Friends has Reached an Incredible Milestone

It might sound strange, but Farms to Friends feels like our baby that was born in the pandemic and blossomed into this beautiful child we have nourished and loved. That’s why we are thrilled that Farms to Friends has reached an incredible milestone that was only possible thanks to the support of our amazing volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We thank you all for generously donating and selflessly…

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Sinixt “Extinction”: Contemporary Sinixt-Settler-State Relations in British Columbia Workshop

We are launching an online webinar series for our community to walk with us on our journey to make our community a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive place.  To kick off our series, on Thursday, May 26 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom, Political anthropologist Lori Barkley will share her work in answering this call to action to better understand our own settler history and how it has shaped…

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Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund Award is Now Taking 2022 Nominations

As the earth makes another rotation around the sun and humanity faces more environmental and humanitarian crises than ever before, so increases the need for the impassioned work of activists around the globe. Humanity faces many global challenges, such as climate change, war, famine, plastic pollution in our oceans and more. Still, many of our problems are being confronted on the local level by…

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A lot has changed since 1994, we can too.

The EcoCentre was founded in 1994, three years later it was incorporated as the West Kootenay Community EcoSociety. And at some point it became known as the West Kootenay EcoSociety (read our first 25 year history here). Over the years, the organization has ebbed and flowed on the issues we work on, and the strategies we take to achieve our goals. But our foundations have stayed the same: we are…

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We’re Hiring: Health Promotion Program Officer

Compensation: $19.75/hr Duration: 7 weeks Between the following dates: May 1st or later Hours:  30 hrs/ week  Location: Nelson, BC, but working from home (offices closed due to COVID)   About the Employer West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and…

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Trail Says Yes to 100% Renewable Energy Transition

Trail City Council unanimously voted to transition the community to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050 on Monday, April 25. Trail is the 13th community in the Kootenays to commit to a healthy, safe, and secure community powered by clean and renewable energy. Way to go, Trail!  Trail joins the Kootenay communities of Castlegar, Creston, Fruitvale, Golden, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver,…

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Invest in our Planet – Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022 was a few days ago, but we're still celebrating. We are celebrating the beauty of wild spaces and the natural landscape that shapes this beautiful planet we call home. This year’s theme for Earth Day was “Invest in our Planet.” This means defending and preserving the Earth for generations to come. There are many things you may have done to mark this celebratory day including…

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We’re Hiring: Operations Manager

Title: Operations Manager Start Date: May 1st, 2022 or as soon as possible Terms: $47,000-$52,000 annual salary (prorated), 20-30 hours/week, permanent West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. EcoSociety is at a pivotal moment in…

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We’re Hiring: Development Director

Title: Development Director Start Date: May 1st, 2022 or as soon as possible Terms: $50,000-$65,000 annual salary, full-time, permanent West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. EcoSociety is at a pivotal moment in its development…

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Local Businesses tell MLAs to Defend Old Growth Forests

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, we sent Premier, John Horgan, and elected officials a letter urging the government to make good on campaign promises and to protect our last remaining old-growth forests. More than 50 Kootenays-based businesses signed the letter in support. The signed businesses are in Castlegar, Fruitvale, Kootenay Bay, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, and Trail and are in…

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